Fruit Slush
1 qt peaches (drained, save juice)
6 bananas sliced
1 can (16 oz) crushed pineapple, drained
2 c sugar
6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate
3 c (or cans from frozen oj concentrate) water, (or use drained peach/pineapple juice)
Mix. Freeze. Thaw to slush before serving.

Ice Cream Sandwiches
(The boys have asked for this every year for their birthdays since
I started making them in 2008. They choose the ice cream flavor.)
1 package chocolate cake mix
¼ c shortening
¼ c butter softened
1-2 eggs
1 t vanilla extract

½ gallon ice cream, any flavor

Combine all ingredients except ice cream.
Divide into four equal parts.
On floured surface, roll 1/2” thick.
Use cookie cutters or cut in rectangle-sized pieces.
Place on ungreased baking sheet.
Poke each ‘cookie’ with fork.
Bake at 350’ for 8-10 minutes until puffed.

Repeat for remaining dough.
When cool, open ice cream box, cut into slabs.
Place between two chocolate cookies.
Wrap individually in aluminum foil.
Freeze overnight.
Tip: Purchasing ice cream in boxes makes cutting easier.

Dumpy Cake
My Grandma's recipe (Aren't Grandma's recipes the best?)
Quick, easy, one pan mess.
1 can (16 oz) pineapple, drained and crushed
1 can (16 oz) cherry pie filling
1 box white or yellow cake mix
1/2 c butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 c graham crackers, crushed
1/2 c walnuts, cut fine
sprinkle of cinnamon

In large cake pan, put pineapple, then cherry pie filling.
Sprinkle over fruit, 1 box white or yellow cake mix dry
Place butter pieces over dry cake mix.
Sprinkle over butter, ¾ c graham crackers, crushed, and 
½ c walnuts, cut fine
Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
Bake 350 1 hour

I recently made this recipe with these exceptions:
I didn’t have cherry pie filling, so I used peach pie filling.
I didn’t think pineapple would taste too great with the peach, so I omitted it.
I didn’t have graham crackers.
I did put probably another 3 T butter because I noticed the dry cake mix didn’t get absorbed into the peaches.
After baking, I added a bit more butter and put a lid on it to allow it to melt under its own heat.
Some (unbiased people) thought it was the best thing they'd ever had. Grandma's recipes are good, aren't they!

Delicious Pineapple Cake
My Grandma's recipe
Bake white or yellow cake according to box.
When removed from oven, prick well with knife or fork.
Pour over the hot cake, the following that has boiled 5 min and is hot:
1 can (#2, 16 oz) pineapple, crushed and drained
2 c brown sugar
2 T butter
Cook 5 min
Serve plain or with whipped cream.


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